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Zara pulls anti-Semitic shirt from its stores

Fast fashion chain Zara has pulled a children's shirt from its stores after complaints that it resembled a concentration camp uniform.

The shirt, designed by Spanish retailer Inditex, Zara's parent company, is a long-sleeved, horizontally striped pajama top with a yellow star on the left chest area. Many consumers were shocked by the shirt, claiming it resembled the clothes Jewish people were forced to wear at Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust.

"The shirt bears a large six-pointed star on the upper-left section, in the exact place where Nazis forced Jews to wear the Star of David," reports Haaretz, saying the shirt is "hauntingly reminiscent of a darker era."

In a statement Wednesday, Inditex said the shirt was "designed to be part of a Wild West clothing theme," and the star was a sheriff's badge inspired by "classic Western films."

Zara has removed the item from its stores and Zara.com, and the retailer has apologized to customers. The shirt had been for sale online in three companies but was not for sale in Israel. --Meghan DeMaria